Spirit of Thanksgiving starts early at Mettawee


PAWLET — Thanksgiving is a time of the year for families and communities to come together to give thanks for what they have and to help those in need.

This year that holiday spirit starts early with the 12th annual "Share the Warmth" free clothing drive at the Mettawee Community School on the weekend of October 27-28.

Parents and families from Pawlet, Rupert and surrounding communities are asked to contribute clothing for children and adults. While winter coats, clothes, boots, hats, sweaters, shirts, pants top the list of needs, organizers will also be happy to accept items for all seasons and occasions, such as bedding and Halloween costumes.

Please donate clean, reusable, smoke free items.

The Mettawee School clothing drive is a two-step process.

First, people can drop off items to be donated at the school located at 5788 Route 153 (near the intersection with Route 30) at the following times:

- Thursday, Oct. 25, 2:30-4 p.m.

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- Friday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Once clothes are gathered, they will be available to the public at the Mettawee School on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mettawee School students and parents will participate throughout the clothing drive. As clothes are dropped off, volunteers from Mettawee community will help prepare the donated items for display in the gymnasium. They have also volunteered to help on the distribution of items.

Finally, studentsare asked to explore their closets at home to determine what items they can share with people in need.

The Mettawee School Clothing Drive is managed by Brooke Burnham. Brooke volunteers her time each year and has stated, "Being the founder of "Share the Warmth" has been so rewarding knowing how many hundreds of families we have helped!

Seeing the faces on students days after smiling and proud of their new recycled clothes makes my heart smile."

For more information, contact Burnham at 802-342-6377 or at 802-645-9009.


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